Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Black Ops (2008 commercially available version) was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast. 940 cases produced.

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013
11.6%-2014

Added by RixBeer on 12-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,412
Reviews:
851
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
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464
Gots:
1,267
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113
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Photo of RMW66
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timc32
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 2013 version poured from a 750ml bottle into a speiglau BA glass.

Look is pitch black with a thin tan head.

For a few years on it the bourbon is still pretty perceptible. Lots of oak and vanilla little burnt chocolate at the end.

Taste is a little thin at first might be a little too cold, because it opens up to a bourbon chocolate blast like an alcohol infused truffle.

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Photo of MykeJ
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npala86
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 9.4 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a snifter
2013

This beer pours black and is topped with three or four inches of mocha head that leaves little lacing. The bottle was lively similar to a saison in that foam crept from the top of the bottle shortly after popping the cork.

I smell dark fruit, alcohol, and chocolate.

The taste has some dark fruit along with some bitter chocolate and a little coffee in the finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation

It tasted fine. The mouthfeel was kind of like a saison. I'm assuming that was due to the bottle fermentation.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BFCarr
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bourbon and they're not kidding. Pours black with a thick tan head. Smell is almost dark rum instead of bourbon. Taste, however is bourbon with some roasted notes. Feel is good, nice body. Overall if you like bourbon, this is for you.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zonian1
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Peaches13
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2014 from bottle into proper glass. Pours with nice head looks very good but that's where it ends. Smells boozy. Taste is as thin as I've ever had from a barrel aged stout and very boozy just as it smells. Hard to recommend this one considering the price point. Pick just about any barrel aged stout at half the price and you'll beat this beer.

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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccg
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled "BQE Q4 2016." Opened Jan. 6, 2017.
This stout looks amazing. The beer itself is jet black and sludgy. It pours with almost two inches of khaki-colored foam. It has thick legs, and if you tilt it sideways, it leaves a thick layer of foam that very slowly recedes back into the glass. After a few minutes, it still has a head on it.
The initial smell has the rather typical chocolate/malty smell of a good stout, but after that, a wave of alcohol astringency follows. Letting it warm up a bit reveals some of the barrel character, with some oak and caramel coming through. I would definitely not serve this beer when it's too cold.
The flavor is somewhat typically of a sweet, chocolatey stout. If you let it warm up long enough, a little bit of the barrel character starts to emerge, but this is still a far cry from something like BCBS.
Feel is pretty good. It's a little thin, but it has a nice creaminess.
Overall... I think we live in time that is an embarrassment of riches. I wouldn't say that this is a _bad_ BBA stout, but there are a lot of BBA stouts on the market right now that are better than this one. And at something like $25 for a 750ml bottle, it's not really a bargain either.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisBorgerding
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,412 ratings.
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